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Texas Hospital Correction

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jul 31, 2008

In my commentary on the current scandal involving Catholic hospitals in Texas (see Open Secrets, Statistics and News, I indicated that the study of sterilizations and abortions performed at these hospitals did not distinguish between direct and indirect procedures, latter being moral in many cases.

Through timely correspondence from knowledgeable users, I am informed that while the nature of the abortions is murky, the study in question tells us enough about the sterilizations to know that many of them were direct tubal ligations, which can never be the unintended consequence of treatment of some other serious condition. Such sterilizations are always wrong.

I have updated the text of the original commentary accordingly.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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